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cleaning your lens

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Ghost in the Shell, 27 Feb 2006.

  1. Ghost in the Shell

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,571

    how do you look after your front and back elements?

    i have a dust cloth but i dread using it on my lenses as i feel it makes them worse over time.. just after some advice.
  2. Leigh


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 567

    NEVER touch the rear element. I use a blower to move dust. On the front i use a lens pen.
  3. ranarama


    Joined: 21 Aug 2004

    Posts: 832

    Location: Harrow

    I probably don't look after them as well as I should but I've not had any problems. I have a lens pen to take smears and dust off if I'm out and then have a proper lens cleaning cloth I use at home. Most of the time I just use a rocket blower to clear dust off though.

    As I keep a UV filter on all the time I don't have to touch the front element and if I do anything silly with it at least I've only done it to the filter. I've not had to touch the back element on any of my lenses yet though.
  4. hoodmeister


    Joined: 18 Sep 2005

    Posts: 932

    Location: Cardiff

    Excuse my ignorance... But what is a lens pen?

    I use a cloth on the front, blower everywhere else - although the "front" is a UV filter for me.
  5. ranarama


    Joined: 21 Aug 2004

    Posts: 832

    Location: Harrow

    It's shaped like a marker pen. At one end is a retractable soft brush for removing dust. At the other end is a pad with some sort of cleaning solution for removing fingerprints/smears.

    Don't think this counts as a competitior but if it does please remove. lenspen
  6. Gamefreak501


    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

    Posts: 8,027

    Location: Bedfordshire

    I am guilty of using a various lint-free cloths to clean up both elements of all my lenses :o

    Maybe I have been fortunate thus far to not cause any damage/scratches etc. on any of the elements on my lenses.

    I need a blower really.